The New York Society Library, which was owed $300,000 in overdue fees from George Washington, accepted a replica copy of "The Law of Nations" from the late president's estate yesterday. The original had been taken out by Washington on October 5, 1789, and was discovered to have not been returned recently. NYSL chairman Charles Berry wasn't about to hold a grudge, and announced, "I hereby absolve George Washington and his representatives for any overdue library fees incurred." How nice of him!
The Mount Vernon estate ended up finding the copy of "The Law of Nations" for about $12,000 online, and was thankful the staff at the NYSL was so understanding, with executive director James Rees saying, "He did not do his public duty." However, they're still missing that copy of Vol. 12 of the "Commons Debates." eBay?